USA Today fantasy baseball mag mock: More Matt Moore, please

      December 14, 2012 @ 15:06:24 PDT


Kansas City Royals 1B Eric Hosmer
Hosmer the make-or-break pick

We drafted (15 teams, mixed 5x5) yesterday for the USA Today Sports fantasy baseball magazine, due out on racks in the coming months.

Thanks to fellow Gannetter Steve Gardner and RTSports scribe Jeff Paur for hosting, and the rest of the mockers, including KFFLer Nicholas Minnix, for breaking the ice on another draft season.

December mocks breed excitement because you start helping to establish the market. Of course, much of your player opinions will drastically morph by March due to news, extended research and fluctuating perceived values, but examining every stage of building your fantasy baseball direction produces winning strategy.

"What made me so optimistic then and so pessimistic now, or vice versa?" "Which commodities can I wait on?" Fantasy baseball champs always ask themselves these questions and much more.

End philosophy. Begin mocking my mock. (Pick 3)

Bats
RD
POS
Player
Tm
Notes
C
8
C
Jonathan Lucroy
MIL
Top-5 mixed C upside. Added power to stellar BA profile last year. Will be forgotten by your competitors. Don't fall into that trap.
C
15
C
Geovany Soto
TEX
I'll spin again now that he's back in Texas.
1B
6
1B
Eric Hosmer
KC
My second least favorite pick, only if my preference among midrange 1B will probably shift come spring. Still think there's plenty of profit here.
2B
5
2B
Jason Kipnis
CLE
Regression will come, but a proper fit at this cost. Long wait until my next turn = 2B urgency.
3B
1
3B
Miguel Cabrera
DET
Was going to take Robinson Cano over Mike Trout, but Trout went 2nd. Bonus
SS
3
SS
Jimmy Rollins
PHI
Could've been smart guy in the room and taken SS Ben Zobrist, but J-Roll boasts (fingers crossed) healthy castmates, one more top-flight season.
CI
11
1B/3B
Kevin Youkilis
NYY
Should meet value in full year, but with Kendrys Morales, Adam Dunn or Justin Morneau also available, my least favorite call.
MI
16
SS
Jean Segura
MIL
A Howard Kendrick type with a sturdy SB foundation? Don't mind if I do. He's this year's Jemile Weeks, but better.
OF
2
OF
Jay Bruce
CIN
Imagine if he can get back to .280.
OF
4
OF
B.J. Upton
ATL
Still love him, and this price remains right. My goal is to own one or both Uptons on every team this year, if not every subsequent one, too.
OF
12
OF
Cameron Maybin
SD
2nd-half growth, fence moving could help. SB alone enough to carry weight here, but hope for much more from the 26-year-old. Most were a year early.
OF
20
OF
Peter Bourjos
LAA
Upside HR-SB Play 1: Trade him, Halos!
OF
23
OF
Brett Jackson
CHC
Upside HR-SB Play 2: Let him swing away!
UT
14
UT
Justin Morneau
MIN
Glad he fell back. Funny that people confidently took him around here last year but he now seems overlooked after a promising step.
Arms
RD
POS
Player
Tm
Notes
P
7
SP
Matt Moore
TB
R.A. Dickey and Roy Halladay were available. Moore will trump both of them this year.
P
9
SP
Tim Lincecum
SF
As a No. 2, worth the chance at a rebound. Could land in 'pen, but willing to take this flier. 75 percent of any of his peak years would be a win.
P
10
SP
Josh Johnson
TOR
If you're drafting against me, please continue to slap him with the AL East stigma. Pretty please.
P
13
RP
J.J. Putz
ARI
Not scared of Heath Bell's abilities. Putz is in control, as long as he stays on the field ... and ARI doesn't trade him.
P
15
RP
Andrew Bailey
BOS
Perfect rebound buy with elite skills. Another health risk, but at this pick, mitigated.
P
17
SP
Tommy Hanson
LAA
Can't quit him, despite warning signs. As a No. 4, why not?
P
18
SP
Shaun Marcum
FA
His middle name is "undervalued." Has goods to succeed in any environment. A perfect balance to the Hanson pick.
P
21
SP
Jeff Niemann
TB
Still driving this bandwagon. Wanna hop on?
P
22
SP
Ricky Romero
TOR
If he rehabs well, soooooooooooooo much good can from him this late.
BN
RD
POS
Player
Tm
Notes
BN
24
RP
Brian Wilson
FA
I typically stick with 2 CL in leagues like this. I try for a potential third in the bench portion. Tabbing one with his experience ain't a bad idea.
BN
25
3B
Nolan Arenado
COL
Overhyped last year, a target this year: A common prospect theme of mine during drafts.

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About Tim Heaney

Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in the prestigious LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.

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